E-mails have been spotted in circulation that appear to be from aff or shadow -at- affsdiary.com; these e-mails request personal information and promise a prize if that is updated on a profile which looks similar to Shadows wordpress.
These e-mails are fake, and they were not sent by us or our servers. If you inspect the source header, you can see they are from a Russian host.
The purpose of the data collection is not known, but it is highly recommended you do NOT reply, respond, or follow any links from within the e-mail. A sample of the e-mail is below:
I've updated the look of my wordpress so all of the profiles were reset! There are now great benefits to having an up to date profile, so if you can please do that it would be great!
Each section of a profile gives points, and you can spend those points for discounts on PayPal purchases! Click directly here!
This e-mail was NOT sent by Shadowdancer, and you should ignore it. The e-mails were NOT lifted from our web site - we have not had a security breach.
We're not sure where they got the e-mail addresses from, and not all of the people who have received the e-mail even use her wordpress (and not everyone that has used her wordpress has gotten the e-mail).
More information will be posted as I figure out what's going on.
About the "affsdiary". We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on June 15th, 2015 that a company claimed "CreLeng Company" were applying to register "affsdiary" as their Net Brand and some "affsdiary" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "CreLeng Company" Looking forward to your prompt reply.
(It's very urgent, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)
Senior Adviser Manager
From somebody who called themselves a 'Senior Adviser Manager' I knew it was not to be trifled with. At first I thought it must have been some kind of horrible bad dream, but it clearly wasn't. I could tell by the serious expression of the neighbours cat that this was to be taken seriously.
With that in mind, I did exactly what they asked and forwarded it to the appropriate person. There was only one man involved within our organisation capable of handling this e-mail; so I forwarded it to him at once:
Now that I'd sent it on to the right department, I felt all was well in the world. However, a few moments later (and after one coffee) I remembered that I'm me, and I also have to answer that other e-mail inbox. Therefore, using powers of deduction reserved only for tired-as-fuck Humans, I composed a breathtaking reply to the e-mail.
Notice: Hi, I am Matt. We had discussed the case about disputing your company's domain names and Network Brand. You have never registered these domain names and Network Brand, and I had told you that the domain name registration is open. The dispute period will come soon. If your company does not register these domain names and Network Brand, we will finish aforesaid company registration within 2 workdays, that company will become the legal owner of these domain names in the world. We had notified you, so we are not responsible for any dispute question about your intellectual property right and trademark after they succeed in registration. If you have any questions, pls contact us within 2 workdays. Best Regards,
Matt Fung Senior Adviser Manager No.8-8018, Peace Building, Jinghu District, Wuhu City, China
Fortunately, they included telephone numbers and addresses at the bottom of the e-mail, so we had another option available.
Not a problem. Can you tell us the names of the people who are trying to register the domain? I'm sending a team of problem solvers to China, I am sure they will be able to swiftly resolve this.
Regards, Admiral Chalmers Starfleet Command, UFP
While we were unable to hire a team of ninjas, we would likely be able to hire a group of cosplayers posing as the Sailor Scouts, and I felt that would be sufficient. However, my e-mail was apparently not understood:
Notice: Regarding the Domain name dispute and registration case, we did not receive any of your reply until now. Concerning the mentioned Domains names and Network Brand please confirm whether you need to register those names by yourselves? If need, please let us know in time, we can send an Domain Name Registration Contract to you. If you think the registration of that company or the use of following domain names will not bring any negative effect to your company, I suggest you can give up these domain names, then we will accept that company application unconditionally. Further questions please contact me in time. Best Regards,
Matt Fung Senior Adviser Manager
After receiving a second e-mail like this, there was only one possible reply open to me...
We are unable to comply due to the wall of text rule. In order for us to respond, you need to break your mail up into legible paragraphs.
Regards, King Chalmers Spokesperson for the Copper-Based Lifeforms of Network Delta
I find it somewhat odd that we've suddenly started receiving such attempts at domain scams since the recent attention that Shadows' blog has received. If you disagree with someones opinion on the internet and try to censor it, try elsewhere.
Summary: Installing Windows on an iMac 10,1 (Late 2009) can be a pain. This post will help if you need to do this.
I decided I wanted a Windows box around to test code/web stuff on, and as I would never contaminate one of my flagship systems with this horror, I figured an old Mac that is no longer in use would do the trick.
Thus, I popped in an ancient Vista disc and booted the machine up only to find that the video driver Windows installs results in a black screen. The same thing takes place with a Windows 7 install; the reason? The Apple modified ATI chip in the machine doesn't know how to talk to the internal display with the Windows driver.
So I had two problems: - Windows Vista is a little too retro to do what I needed to do with Windows. - The Apple iMac has a horrible graphics configuration.
1. Get the proper driver from here:
2. Install Windows 7 somehow, and make sure that the driver above is installed in Windows 7. No other updates are required.
3. Either get a Windows 8/8.1 DVD or Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview
4. Do a CLEAN Install of that operating system (do not erase the disk - you need the Windows.old folder)
5. You can't use Apple's distribution pack, but when the new operating system boots up, use the device manager to search the Windows.old folder for the driver that Windows 7 had installed.
6. It'll work, acceleration and all.
I have no idea why I'm posting this. If you found it helpful, you should totally send donations to aff @ affsdiary.com via PayPal to encourage me to do other stupid things with ancient systems.
While I'm sure many of you who work with tech often have heard that UPnP is full of flaws before, there's a brand new one that's surfaced in 2015!
If you have UPnP enabled on your router/gateway, you might want to consider disabling it for some peace of mind.
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) was designed to provide easy port forwarding/mapping on network gateways, such as Modem/Router devices. In this scenario, that service can be exploited by a criminal to open a pathway into your network where they can even go so far as to alter the path of traffic - you might think you're logging into your bank, but you might be logging into a redirected web page that looks like your bank, your computer believes is your bank, but it's not your bank.
That's an extreme worst-case scenario, but it's theoretically possible. As many of you do not rely on UPnP services anyway, you should disable it.
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